Monday, 14 December 2009

Disgraced Juve director Giraudo sentenced

Former Juventus director Antonio Giraudo has been sentenced to three years in prison for his role in the 2006 "Calciopoli" referee-influencing scandal.

Antonio Giraudo & Luciano MoggiGiraudo, who is among the first of the high-profile figures from the world of Italian football to have been tried for their role in the scandal, was convicted on charges of criminal association and sporting fraud by a Naples court.

Banned from football by a sporting tribunal in 2006, Giraudo chose a fast-track trial in which prosecutors asked for a five-year jail term to be handed down.

However, according to Italian news agencies he is unlikely to actually serve his three-year prison term both due to the country's appeals process and an amnesty on non-violent crime committed before 2006.

His colleague and former Juve general manager Luciano Moggi is also on trial in Naples on similar charges, but he was among those to request a normal trial.

Referees Tiziano Pieri and Paolo Dondarini have been sentenced to 28 months and two years in prison respectively while Tullio Lanese, the former head of the Italian Referees' Association (AIA), has received a two-year jail term.

Seven referees and assistants, who like the other four had opted for a fast track trial, have been acquitted.

Juventus were stripped of their Serie A titles won in 2005 and 2006 and demoted to the second tier with a nine-point penalty in the wake of the scandal, which involved clubs procuring favourable referees for matches.

AC Milan, Lazio, Fiorentina and Reggina were among the other teams to be also penalised for their involvement.

Source: Reuters

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